Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I enjoy sharing excerpts from books…and connecting with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

What better way to spend a Friday!

I am excited about my featured book today.  It is the fifth in a series about a unique character, Frieda Klein.  Friday on My Mind, by Nicci French, follows four previous books.





Beginning:  Kitty was five years old and she was cross.  The queue for the Crown Jewels had been long and they weren’t so special anyway.  The queue for Madame Tussauds had been longer, and she didn’t even recognize most of the waxworks, and she couldn’t see them properly with all the crowds.  And it had been drizzling.  And she hated the Underground.


56:  ‘Then what happened?’

‘The man kicked at a rubbish bin and strode away and she picked up the bin bag, put the book and T-shirt back into it, and tied it up.  She seemed quite calm.  Calmer than I would have been….’


Blurb:  Rich in intrigue, intensity and atmosphere, Friday on my Mind is classic Nicci French – a dark, gripping and sophisticated masterclass in psychological suspense in which nothing is quite what it seems…”Nicci French’s sophisticated, compassionate and gripping crime novels stand head and shoulders above the competition.” (Sophie Hannah). When a bloated corpse is found floating in the River Thames the police can at least sure that identifying the victim will be straightforward. Around the dead man’s wrist is a hospital band. On it are the words Dr F Klein…But psychotherapist Frieda Klein is very much alive. And, after evidence linking her to the murder is discovered, she becomes the prime suspect. Unable to convince the police of her innocence, Frieda is forced to make a bold decision in order to piece together the terrible truth before it’s too late either for her or for those she loves. Friday on my Mind is the fifth addictive and intriguing novel in the Frieda Klein series by the bestselling author Nicci French. Praise for Nicci French: “French leads the field.” (Sunday Express). “Brilliantly crafted…masterly control of suspense.” (Daily Mirror). “Tense, frightening, gripping.” (Easy Living). “Dark, nerve-tingling and addictive.” (Daily Express). Nicci French is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of journalists Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. The couple are married and live in Suffolk. There are fourteen other bestselling novels by Nicci French, all published by Penguin. Blue Monday was the first thrilling instalment in the Frieda Klein series, followed by Tuesday’s Gone, Waiting for Wednesday, and Thursday’s Child.


I love this series!  What do you think?  Does it pique your interest?



  1. I haven’t read this series, but I read several of her earlier works. I liked the first one I read, but for some reason that I can’t remember, decided I didn’t like them after three. If you like the series I probably will, too so I’ll give it a try..


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